Newton Family papers
Members of the Newton Family were landowners in Anne Arundel, Dorchester, and Howard Counties, and Baltimore City, Maryland. The Newton Family Papers date from 1772 to 1885 with the bulk of the material from 1784 to 1865. The collection consists largely of legal documents. Additionally there is material relating to business transactions, correspondence, and a Sons of Temperance handbook. Primary subject of the collection is land transaction. Other subjects include eighteenth century advertising, the departure of a pastor from his parish, and the activities of the Sons of Temperance in the early nineteenth century.
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Members of the Newton family were eighteenth- and nineteenth-century landowners in Anne Arundel County, Dorchester County, Howard County, and Baltimore City, Maryland.
The earliest traceable member of the Newton family was Nimrod Newton (d. circa 1792) of Dorchester County, Maryland. He and his wife Margaret had three children: sons Nathan Newton and William Newton (d. 1871), and a daughter Mahala Newton. William Newton had three sons: Nimrod Newton (b. circa 1800), Thomas Newton (b. 1800), and William M. Newton (b. 1826). When their father William died in 1871, Nimrod and William M. Newton sold their inherited land to their brother Thomas and another relative, Howar Newton.
William M. Newton was a painter. He married Lucy Rebecca Newton (b. 1830), originally from Virginia, and they lived in Baltimore City. In 1880 they had four children: three daughters, Mary (b. 1863), Lucy (b. 1868), and Ridis (b. 1871), and one son, Eugene (b. 1875). Later, according to census records, Eugene, Mary and Ridis are shown still living together in Baltimore, with Mary and Ridis working as teachers.
Nimrod Newton (according to census information, circa 1800) was a wheelwright in 1860. Like his grandfather and namesake, he married a woman named Margaret. They had two sons, Wilbur and Lessie.
Nimrod and William's brother Thomas Newton (b. 1800-d. October 25, 1883) was a farmer. He and his wife Ruth (b. 1804) had three children, possibly four: Thomas S. Newton (b. 1828), Margaret Ann Newton (b.1832), and Julia Ann Newton (b. 1836, married Edward Earp) and Olivia Newton (b. 1844). Olivia is difficult to trace and it is possible she died in 1870 or 1871, or was a more distant relation to Thomas and Ruth Newton. She appears in the 1870 census with the family but is not mentioned in the 1871 deed dividing Thomas Newton's land between his children. The eldest of the children, Thomas S. Newton, was a blacksmith. Julia Ann and Edward Earp, and possibly any other members of the Newton family, are buried in the cemetery attached to Melville Chapel in Elkridge, Maryland (Howard County) as there are records in the collection of purchase of plots within this cemetery by Edward Earp and Thomas Newton.
Other Newton family members mentioned in the collection are: Willis and Milcah Newton (husband and wife, mentioned in 1784), William Newton (mentioned in 1786 and 1800), Richard Newton (mentioned in 1800), and Howar Newton (mentioned in 1871). The relationship between these members of the Newton family and the previously mentioned members is uncertain.
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The Newton Family Papers date from 1772 to 1885 with the bulk of the material from 1784 to 1865. The collection consists largely of legal documents; additionally there is material relating to business transactions, correspondence, and a Sons of Temperance handbook. The primary subject of the collection is land transaction. Other subjects include eighteenth century advertising, the departure of a pastor from his parish, and the activities of the Sons of Temperance in the early nineteenth century.
Custodial History and Acquisition Information
The Newton Family Papers were accessioned by the University of Maryland in February 1990.
The collection was processed in February 2011 by Allison C. Heinbaugh.
The Newton Family Papers were processed in February 2011 by Allison C. Heinbaugh. A detailed inventory was made of the collection. The papers were arranged into a single series ordered chronologically with any undated material placed at the end of the series. The materials were each placed in individually labeled acid-free folders to aid location within the collection. A finding aid was then created for the materials.
EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Jennie A. Levine.
Arrangement of Collection
The Newton Family Papers have been arranged into one series
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: Family Documents, 1772-1885 (1.00 linear feet)
This series consists of documents pertaining to the life of the Newton family. The majority of the documents are formal deeds transferring land from one party to another. Some of the deeds transfer property between members of the Newton family, others are transactions between members of the Newton family and other landowners. Additionally, there are two receipts for cemetery plots next to the Melville Chapel in Elkridge, Maryland. The will of Nimrod Newton (d. circa 1792), written in 1792, details how his land was to be divided between his children and his widow. Also included in the series are a job advertisement from 1772, a list of merchandise from 1795, and a Sons of Temperance handbook belonging to Thomas Newton from 1848. The collection is arranged in chronological order. There are two exceptions to this order. The 1795 price listing is attached to the job advertisement from 1772 and therefore cannot be moved. A facsimile of Nimrod Newton (d. circa 1792)s will was created in 1864. The facsimile is placed in the collection based on the 1792 date of the originals creation.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame||Item|
|Family Documents||series 1||box 1||folder 1|
|Job Advertisement from [?] Hatcheson. Kent County, Maryland, March 24, 1772||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 1|
|Price Listing (Merchandise), March 28, 1795||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 2|
|Deed for land in Dorchester County. Nimrod Newton from Willis and Milcah Newton. Witnessed by Jos. Richardson and M. Smooh [?], April 5, 1784||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 3|
|Deed for land in Dorchester County. William Newton to Nimrod Newton. Witnessed by John Dickinson, [Hawluop?] and Jos. Richardson, January 12, 1786||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 4|
|Facsimile, Nimrod Newton's Last Will and Testament October 23, 1792, February 18, 1864||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 5|
|[addendum to Nimron Newton's will?], October 23, 1792||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 6|
|Deed for land in Dorchester County. William Newton from Roger Hooper. Witnessed by Harry Haskins, Jona Bummoth, and H. Dickinson, April 21, 1800||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 7|
|Richard Newton from William Newton and Wife deed to William Newton's property in Dorchester County. Witnessed by H. Dickinson, November 17, 1800||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 8|
|Deed. Henry Steele from Richard Newton deed to Richard Newton's Property. Witnessed by H. Dickinson, November 17, 1800||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 9|
|Thomas Newton's Sons of Temperence handbook, February 26, 1848||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 10|
|Deed for land in Howard District of Anne Arundel County. James McCurdy and Rachel, His Wife to Thomas Newton, 1849||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 11|
|Deed for land in Howard District of Anne Arundel County. James McCurdy to Thomas Newton. Witnessed by Daniel Lamborn and [?] Worthington, August 13, 1849||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 12|
|Deed for land in Hanover, Anne Arundel County. Robert Dawson and Wife to Thomas Newton. Witnessed by [?] Salla Hill, Benjamin Miller, R.C. Hollyday, and E.P. Hayden, November 6, 1849||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 13|
|Deed for land in Howard County. Charles Rowles to Thomas S. Newton. Witnessed by Charles Sohprr[?], March 13, 1850||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 14|
|Deed for land in Howard County. William and Eleanor Bowles to Charles Bowles, March 29, 1855||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 15|
|Deed for land in Howard County. Charles Rowles to Thomas Newton, January 29, 1861||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 16|
|Deed for land in Howard County. Robert E. Dorsey and wife to Thomas S. Newton. Witnessed by Marshal McCauley, July 27, 1865||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 17|
|Deed. Robert E. Dorsey and Sarah Ann his wife to Thomas S. Newton, August 2, 1866||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 18|
|Receipt for purchase of cemetary plot in Elk Ridge Landing by Edward Earp. George Poecalt, James Earp, trustees, June 8, 1867||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 19|
|Deed for land in Dorchester County. Nimrod Newton and wife and William Newton and wife to Howar Newton. Witnessed by Thomas Hicks, Henry Cashmeyer, October 16, 1871||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 20|
|Receipt for purchase of cemetary plot in Elk Ridge Landing by Thomas Newton from George H. Poeosk, William Griffitth, James Earp, November 3, 1872||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 21|
|Deed for land in Dorchester County. William M. Newton and Lucy R. Newton his wife to Robert Newton. Witnessed by Henry Cashmyer and George Robinson, November 24, 1873||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 22|
|Deed for land in Howard and Dorchester Counties. Margaret Ann Newton and others to Thomas Newton. Witnessed by Daniel Str[?] and A.R. Hariman, July 18, 1885||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 23|
|R.H. Whisner's F. speech [Farewell note as minister leaves parish?] from Olivia Newton, undated||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 24|
|[Description and layout of plot of land belonging to William Newton] (Incomplete), undated||series 1||box 1||folder 1||item 25|
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Research into U.S. Census records has revealed some details about the Newton family beyond what is included in the collection.
Selected Search Terms
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Maryland Libraries' Catalog. Researchers desiring related materials about these topics, names, or places may search the Catalog using these headings.
- Dorchester County (Md.) -- History
- Elk Ridge (Md.) -- History
- Howard County (Md.) -- Genealogy
- Howard County (Md.) -- History
- Sons of Temperance of North America